Buzz: Wilson ready to go, but Pats QB a mystery


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7:08 p.m. EDT September 30, 2016

USA Today Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes makes his picks for three of this weekend’s best NFL matchups.

Check back throughout the day for all the latest quick hits from around the NFL:

‘Major concern’ over Watkins

The Bills announced Friday afternoon that wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been placed on the injured reserve list, meaning he will be out of action at least eight weeks.

The Bills will have the opportunity to activate him after the mandatory eight-week period, and they would likely do so if Watkins’ injured foot has healed by that point.

Earlier Friday, the Bills ruled Watkins out of Sunday afternoon’s game in New England, and coach Rex Ryan sounded an ominous tone when discussing the health of Watkins.

Ryan didn’t say the IR designation would happen when he met with reporters, but it was clear he was already thinking it when he said of Watkins’ ongoing foot pain, “I don’t know if fear is the right word, but major concern.”

Watkins underwent offseason surgery on his left foot and now has a screw in the foot. It has bothered him all offseason to the point where he did not participate in the spring practices, and then was limited throughout training camp. He played only one series in the preseason.

In the first two games, Watkins had little impact as he caught only six passes for 63 yards.

— (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK

Russell Wilson ready

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will start Sunday against the New York Jets despite a knee sprain.

Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that Wilson made it through the week of practices with no setbacks.

Wilson missed the first snap of his career due to injury last weekend after getting pulled down by San Francisco’s Eli Harold, spraining the MCL in Wilson’s left knee.

It’s the second injury Wilson has dealt with this season after spraining his right ankle in the opener against Miami. Carroll said Wilson had his “best week since the first week when he tweaked his ankle.”

Tight end Jimmy Graham was listed as questionable but was expected to play. Graham sat out Thursday’s practice due to back spasms.

— The Associated Press

Jamaal Charles questionable

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is officially listed as questionable, though ESPN reported he will make his 2016 debut Sunday night against the Steelers.

Charles has been on the mend from reconstructive knee surgery after tearing his ACL last October.

“(L)ooks like he’s getting better all the time,” coach Andy Reid said Friday. “We’ll just have to see how he does here today.”

Prominent Patriots questionable

The Bills won’t derive many clues about Sunday from the Patriots’ injury report.

New England QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are both questionable as is TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), who doesn’t have a catch this season.

Still no Bosa

San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa has been ruled out of his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury.

Bosa missed all of training camp during a nasty contract dispute and then hurt himself after he signed.

Also out for Sunday’s home game against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints is cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has a concussion.

Listed as doubtful are tight end Antonio Gates with a hamstring injury and left tackle King Dunlap with migraines. Coach Mike McCoy said Dunlap’s migraines aren’t related to the concussions he’s suffered.

— The Associated Press

Decker out

New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that Decker will be “week to week” with the shoulder injury.

Decker injured the shoulder against Buffalo on Sept. 15, but it worsened last Sunday during the Jets’ loss at Kansas City. The wide receiver said after the game that the shoulder was sore, but an MRI revealed that it was worse than that.

— The Associated Press

Bryant likely out

Injured Cowboys WR Dez Bryant officially missed the entire week of practice after continuing to rest his bum knee Friday.

He will almost certainly not play Sunday at the San Francisco 49ers, though he’s officially listed as questionable, and is now officially week to week instead of day to day.

Report: O’Brien to call plays for Texans

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien pledged to regroup and re-evaluate his AFC South-leading squad after it was thumped 27-0 by the New England Patriots in front of a national TV audience in Week 3.

Apparently, his self scouting led him to the conclusion there needed to be a shake-up of duties on his coaching staff.

O’Brien will take over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator George Godsey on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, according to the Houston Chronicle. O’Brien last called plays in 2014.

Despite an infusion of offensive talent during the offseason — QB Brock Osweiler and RB Lamar Miller arrived during free agency, and WR Will Fuller was Houston’s first-round pick — no team has scored fewer points than the Texans’ 42. They rank 24th overall offensively.

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